The Berlin Central School District announced today that it has joined the Empire State Purchasing Group, an online eProcurement system that helps local governments post, distribute and manage RFPs, quotes, addendums and awards in a centralized location. Bidnet Direct’s Empire State Purchasing Group provides notification to registered vendors of new relevant solicitations, any addenda and award information from over 300 participating agencies from across New York. The Berlin Central School District invites all vendors to register online at

Before joining the Empire State Purchasing Group in September 2022, the Berlin Central School District was distributing bids and managing the procurement process manually. As the 305th participating local government agency to join the system, they are now able to streamline their bid process, saving time, increasing competition and achieving cost savings over the traditional paper-based bid process. 

The Berlin Central School District is now able to distribute their open bids more effortlessly without increasing costs and have access to an extensive vendor pool, thereby enhancing competition. All vendors looking to respond to bids with local government agencies throughout the state can register online at: Registration is quick and easy and gives you instant access to matching bid opportunities in your industry. 

“By joining many of our fellow local agencies as part of the Empire State Purchasing Group, we are part of a community that allows vendors to seek bid opportunities from agencies all over the state including, municipalities, special districts, schools and counties,” states Chris Pallozzi, School Business Official of the Berlin Central School District. “By having one centralized location, distribution of bids has become so much easier and allows us to reach a large number of new vendors as well as our existing ones, which not only increases competition but provides our local vendors with more business opportunities to go after.”

Once registered, vendors can access bids, related documents, addendum and award information instantly. In addition, the Empire State Purchasing Group offers a value-added service to notify vendors of new bids targeted to their industry, all addenda associated with those bids and advance notice of term contract expiration. A robust NIGP code category list allows vendors registering to find the correct codes and receive matched bids. 

Vendors looking for assistance registering on the Empire State Purchasing Group:, may contact Bidnet Direct’s vendor support team, who is available to answer any questions regarding the registration process or the bid system at 800-835-4603 option 2. 

Other local New York government agencies looking to switch from a manual bid process, please contact the Empire State Purchasing Group for a demonstration of the no-cost sourcing solution. 

About the Berlin Central School District: 

Berlin Central School District is a small, rural public school district located in eastern Rensselaer County, approximately 25 miles east of Albany, N.Y.


The district serves about 730 school children in two school buildings – Berlin Elementary School and Berlin Middle/High School. The district includes five towns: Berlin, Grafton, Petersburgh, Poestenkill and Stephentown. The school district population is approximately 6,800 residents.  We are equidistant from Troy, NY, Pittsfield, MA, and Bennington, VT. Residents either commute to these areas or work locally.  The area’s major industries are wood and wood products, custom metal fabrication and machining, and manufacturing of high technology electronic components for microwave communication industries.


About Bidnet Direct:

Bidnet Direct, powered by mdf commerce, is a sourcing solution of regional purchasing groups available at no cost to local government agencies throughout the country. Bidnet Direct runs regional purchasing groups, including the Empire State Purchasing Group, across all 50 states that are used by over 1,600 local governments. To learn more and have your government agency gain better transparency and efficiency in purchasing, please visit 

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